Monday, 24 November 2014

Holy craft fairs Batman

I completed the second of four craft fairs so far, and can I just say for the record that I am completely in awe of those people who run a household, have a job and work fairs? As I told one lady, I'm happy that I got myself dressed this morning, I can't imagine trying to get myself AND several children dressed and out the door as Jennifer of The Basket Lady does (3 kids!) Then there's Kirinia of Kirina's Krafts who has a baby and works farmer's markets and craft fairs year round.

Happy to say, I sold some of the soaps that I hadn't sold in the past, like my pterodactyl in amber and 2 of 3 of my large LEGO, um, I mean building block, men. Like these ones.

Strange thing is, I didn't sell any of my Christmas themed soaps. Guess I'm not the only one not ready for Christmas yet.

Are you excited about Christmas or are the stores putting out Christmas decorations too soon in your opinion?

Monday, 17 November 2014

Up, up and away

That's what a launch is right? For anyone who didn't hear me squealing, jumping up and down for joy, my website is up and running. I hired a fantabulous web designer to re-vamp my website and I wasn't the least surprised that she did an amazing job.

She did as I requested, that is getting it ready for the craft fairs. Here's a few things that I had made in preparation for the fairs and these both sold. So now I have to go make some more.

Hope you have a great week.

Monday, 10 November 2014

Getting ready for fairs

For those of you who got a sneak peek of this last week, my apologies. I didn't scheduled properly and I had wanted to make one more cat to show off, but somehow the time just slipped by before I could make anymore. So without further ado…


So I don't have time to think of new soaps to make, but rather, I'm reinventing the ones I already have.

This is a popular one for all those cat lovers out there. In the past, I did the cat in grey, but this year, I thought I'd take advantage of my ADD side and try some different colours. All scented with sandalwood vanilla for a more adult soap.

This one's my favourite, although he almost looks skull-ish. (Is that even a word???)

But I love how his pink ears stick out
The nose doesn't look quite right on this one.

The original

Are you a cat person? I like these ones because they don't shed.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Soap swap!

The very sweet Michelle of Blog of a Soap Pixie asked me a while back if I'd be interested in a soap swap. Of course I jumped at the idea, I mean who wouldn't right?

Thank you to Michelle of course, Carrie Garvin of Under the Willow Soaps, Elizabeth of Whiskey Creek Soap and Natalie of Koinonia

Special thanks to my wonderful sister who not only took in all those goodies above and shipped them to me, but also gave me this awesome makeup kit. I think she said it was for my upcoming craft fairs, but I don't know if I want to share!

Monday, 20 October 2014

Diamond are...

A girl's best friend, forever, and not featured at all in this post.

Second of the moulds from my birthday, I bring you the gem collection. My friend, upon giving me my moulds had said she was excited to see what I would come up with. Well the bamboo one was easy, it allowed me to do detail work which is fun and looks good. For gems though, what do you do?

Well I did it a little differently for each one (kinda feels like the Three Bears, except none of these are just right).

To give it some contrast and for fun, I tried marbling. Of course, I forgot, do you pour the clear and then the opaque, or is it the other way round? I poured clear first and although I didn't think much of the effects at first, under the camera, it looked better than I originally thought.

Thought I'd ry and get creative with the back as well, but it looks like an Easter egg gone wrong.
The next was a straight forward one colour, no nonsense one.

That of course is kinda boring. I mean it's not like it's a real ruby and would be worth a gazillion dollars or anything so time to make things sparkle.

Adding glitter to this last one made it look kinda celestial, which is cool by me. And that made me think, so how would it look in another context? 

All gems are scented with BB's Bordeaux Blend (to stick with the grown up theme). I would love to hear suggestions on how to make these soaps more outstanding.

Have a great week!

Monday, 13 October 2014

Good things come in three's

So the saying goes. I don't know about that, but I do know that it's a good thing that many moulds come in threes because that's about how many attempts I need to get it right.

A very sweet friend had bought me some moulds for my birthday. Here's the first of them.

I made them all slightly different, trying to figure out what's the best colouring to use. I know I want more of a beige background. All are scented with Green Garden by Brambleberry

I like the oatmeal bits in this, I think it adds to the textured look. A happy accident really.

This one, the stems were done in green, and then I thought I'd darken it with some black.

I like this one the least. I don't think I gave enough contrast.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on which one you like, or if you have other ideas for colours and scents.

Have a great week.